WRITING IN AP GOVERNMENT The Exam • 60 mult. Choice – 45 min = 60 points 4 Essays – 100 min. = 15 pts each = 60 pts total PRE-WRITE Take 5 min. to brainstorm!! Like anything you do, you’re going to do a better job if you prepare first!!! PRE-WRITE –Look at what the question is asking –Jot down your ideas –Organize your thoughts WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING YOU TO DO?? •Identify—means to define!!!! WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING YOU TO DO?? •Discuss or Describe— this means to “talk” about it—more than a definition!! WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING YOU TO DO?? Explain--means “how” or “why”-- no points unless there is an explicit “how” or “why” RE-READ THE QUESTION!! • Be sure that you have addressed EVERYTHING that the question is asking!!!! HELPFUL HINTS!! • Answer all four questions & all parts of every question!!! • Questions will usually be divided into parts labeled (a), (b), etc— these are NOT choices!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS You don’t have to answer the questions in order!! -Answer the question that you can “ACE” first. You don’t want to run out of time on this question!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS Be sure to identify, or define, the main terms in the question—EVEN IF THE QUESTION DOESN’T ASK FOR IT!!!! -sometimes this will be worth a point in the rubric MORE HELPFUL HINTS • IF the question asks for: the primary……….. the best……….. the main…………. do NOT give more than one or NO credit!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS • Use simple words that you are comfortable with and use good grammar—it’s not on the rubric, but it makes it easier to read and understand your essay!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS • Don’t get cute with your answer—the questions are NOT going to ask your opinion, so it’s unlikely that you’ll need to explain how corrupt you think the government is!! • Also—don’t go out of your way to insult anyone!! The question is probably not going to want your opinion of Democrats, Republicans or “old” people!!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS • ABSOLUTELY back up your answer with examples of court cases, laws, SPECIFICS!!! If you can do this, you will convince the reader (person scoring your exam) that you KNOW what you’re talking about!!! MORE HELPFUL HINTS • Charts & graphs— multiple choice—don’t spend a lot of time analyzing the chart—go to the choices and use the chart to eliminate them—also be careful NOT to read info that’s not there –ex.— number voting does not = % essays—trend means change over time!! --use pen method • Watch for “except” questions • Watch for “always”, “unequivocally”, etc. • Don’t change answer unless you are SURE that you made a silly mistake!!